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James River Park System

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (54) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Challenging singletrack trails in the heart of Richmond, Virginia


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Map Key

17.9

Miles

28.8

KM

85%

Singletrack

204' 62 m

High

33' 10 m

Low

936' 285 m

Up

931' 284 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Closed from sundown to sunup and for 24 hours following rain of 1 inch or more

Overview

A collection of several trails including Buttermilk East, Buttermilk Heights, North Bank Trail, Dogwood Dell Loop, and Belle Isle.

Need to Know

Pay attention to the open/closed signs at the trailhead and keep in mind it is a public park that features two way traffic of both bikes and walkers. Also, look for trail user information at kiosk throughout the park.

Description

Dogwood Dell Loop and Forest Hill Park are flowy, smooth, fast courses to test your cornering, pumping, and berm abilities. North Bank Trail and Buttermilk East are your traditional MTB trails with rock gardens, run ups, and stream crossings. Last but not least, Belle Isle features a variety of trails from a gravel track around the island to a skills park featuring rock gardens and a pump track.

This trail is generally ridden from the Reedy Creek parking lot off of River Road or the parking lot off of Pump Road behind the nickel bridge.

It can be ridden both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Keep an eye out for opposing traffic.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rob Tompkins

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 54 votes

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  4.3 from 54 votes
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Photos

Belle Isle Skills park.  Under the Lee bridge.
Aug 17, 2015 near Richmond, VA
Stephen hitting the little wall on Belle
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Stephen testing the new line.
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Urban Trails in Richmond.
Aug 11, 2021 near Richmond, VA
Buff side hill riding
Aug 5, 2013 near Richmond, VA
Buttermilk between Reedy Creek and the Boulevard Bridge
Aug 5, 2013 near Richmond, VA

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Apr 24, 2022
Miguel Ramirez
Nov 13, 2021
Alex Silverman
Jun 18, 2021
Dave Baker
12.6mi
Dec 12, 2020
Justin Bennett
17.9mi
Nov 16, 2020
Erik Nordgaard
Sep 23, 2020
Colin H
Proud of this hometown trail! Come check it out it's a blast.
May 14, 2020
Justin Bennett
15.8mi — 1h 54m
Sep 2, 2019
Brennan H